Monday, June 7, 2010

The scars of Bhopal Gas Genocide shall remain for ages ...

The Bhopal court judgment on 7th June 2010 is the Second Judicial Disaster in the issue of the Union Carbide genocide of December 1984. This judgment excluded the CEO of Union Carbide Corp. Warren Anderson from the list of guilty and allowed the rest of the guilty (including Keshub Mahindra, the then CEO of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. which controlled the Indian subsidiary of Union Carbide Corp.) to go Scot free of the charges of genocide in Bhopal more than 25 years ago. Looking back, the First Judicial Disaster took place on 14-15 February 1989 when the Supreme Court of India put its stamp of approval on the shameless agreement reached between Union Carbide, on the one hand, and the Union of India and the M.P. Government, on the other. The Supreme Court, through its 1989 judgment, freed Union Carbide of all Civil Liabilities and negated both compensatory and punitive damages and thus rolled red carpet for the neo-liberal capital to begin its plunder and loot in India from 1991 onwards. The Bhopal court’s judgment today freed Union Carbide of all Criminal Liabilities and enabled the neo-liberal capital to put the last nail in the coffin of the Indian judicial system. The Indian scientific establishment, too, played a disastrous role in this tragic drama, amounting to the Third Bhopal Disaster. With frequent disaster, the ray of hope for justice seems diminishing.

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